Taking Steps to Prevent Breast Cancer in Our Patients
In order to detect cell irregularities in breast tissue, women are recommended
to have a mammogram every year after age 40. During this procedure, breast
tissue is x-rayed and examined to spot any unusual growths, such as cysts
or cancer. By detecting problems early, patients are able to get a head
start on any treatment that will be required. The Women’s Health
Center at Major Health Partners in Shelbyville offers state-of-the-art
imaging technology that can help make this imaging process more comfortable
What is a Mammogram?
Mammography is the taking x-rays of breast tissue. To do this, clothing
must first be removed, and each breast will be compressed. The purpose
of compressing the breast is to increase the visible area of the x-ray
image, and each breast is imaged from two different angles to give examiners
a comparison. The process for taking images during a mammogram usually
only takes between 10-15 minutes. Our imaging center takes special care
to make patients feel comfortable by offering heated gowns and making
the process as fast as possible.
Preparing for a Mammogram
To reduce the potential for pain, patients should try to schedule their
mammograms for one week after their period ends, as breasts are not as
tender during that time. On the morning of the procedure, patients should
bathe as normal, washing breasts and underarms, but do not using any deodorant,
powder, or perfume. It also helps to wear a top that can be easily removed.
If the patient has already had a mammogram, they should contact that office
and have the images sent to the new clinic.
It is important to let imaging technicians know if:
- You are pregnant or think you may be
- You have breast implants
- You are breastfeeding
- You have scars or moles on or near your breasts
- You have had a breast surgery or biopsy
Taking Care of Yourself
Regardless of how often a person wishes to have a mammogram, we encourage
patients to be proactive about checking themselves for breast irregularities
but performing self-exams periodically. At Major Health Partners, we welcome
any calls to find out more about how breast self-exams can be done at home.